July 29th 2018
Sway set sights on County 1
South Wilts 158 ao, Sway 159-2
A fantastic bowling spell from David Steadman (5-24) and
a superb batting performance from Tim Noble (80*) set up a crucial win
which sees Sway move into second place.
After losing the toss, Sway were asked to bowl on a green deck with
plenty of cloud cover. Steadman wasted no time by dismissing South
Wiltsí opening batsman first ball of the innings. Sway looked to
capitalise and with Lloyd Scott (3-24) bowling well at the other end,
wickets began to tumble. Thanks to some good bowling and catching by
stand in keeper Adam Clark, South Wilts were left suffering at 25-5.
Josh Bailey (2-35) into the attack provided no rest for the home side,
bowling with accuracy and variation to pick up a couple of wickets - one
aided by a superb Oscar Marshall catch. John Grasham (0-21) bowled
fantastically from the other end, but was let down by some poor
fielding, somehow leaving him wicketless!
Sway were guilty of taking their foot off the gas and allowed south
Wilts to rebuild, however, when Steadman and Scott came back into the
attack South Wilts were bowled out for 158.
Sway looked forever comfortable with the bat thanks to the pin point
timing and placement of skipper Tim Noble (80*). Backed up by Hall (27),
Walton (25) and Thorpe (4*) meant that sway cruised to an 8 wicket
victory with time to spare.
Sway have moved into second place and now promotion to the top tier of
the Hampshire League is theirs to lose.
On paper, next week proposes to
be an easier fixture against Hayling Island where Sway will still need
to be at their best to secure a victory.
David & Rob Steadman - 5-for for
the 1sts and 50 for the 4ths